The UK is suffering a worrying shortfall of technicians and engineers. Domestic companies are struggling to find new recruits with the skills and practical experience. By partnering the Scout Electronics Activity Badge, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) aims to enthuse younger generations into developing a love of engineering and technology. The thinking and problem-solving skills that are developed through scouting are exactly the sort of skills businesses and universities will be looking for further down the line.

Scout Electronics Activity Badge

The IET have produced an activity pack designed to guide Leaders and Scouts through the requirements of the Scout Electronics Activity Badge. This pack will give Scouts an insight into how the devices and appliances that shape our lives actually work, and also gives them practical, hands-on experience of electronics.

Scout Electronics Badge activity pack
Scout Electronics Badge leader's notes

Additional resources

'Bring it Ohm' strips
Component flash cards
Electronics Glossary
'Light-up card' template
'Night light' template

Make a night light activity sheet
Make a quiz game / grid template and circuit diagram

Make Do Share - Autumn 16 - Brush robots activity

Make Do Share - Winter 16 - Wire a plug activity

Make Do Share - Winter 17 - Conductive Dough

Make Do Share - Summer 18 - Potato Power! 

Make Do Share - Winter 18 - Shine On!

Make Do Share - Spring 18 - Electric Dreams

Make Do Share - Spring 18 - Electric Dreams Car Download

Have you enjoyed working on this badge?

We live in a world full of engineering! Everything we do and use has had professional engineers involved in designing it or finding solutions to problems surrounding it and technicians making the engineers’ ideas a reality. If you enjoy undertaking the projects and activities in the Scout Electronics Badge activity pack, you may want to find out more about electronic engineering, other areas of engineering, the stories of people who work as engineers and how to become an engineer or technician yourself. For all this and more, visit

About the IET

The IET is a world-leading professional members’ organisation. They are a charity that works to support the engineering community, to raise awareness of engineering amongst the public and opinion formers and to encourage more young people to take up the wide range of fascinating and rewarding careers engineering offers.

Find out more about The IET